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PBT:
polybutylterephthalate, a type of polyester fibre used to provide fabrics with durable stretch properties.
Last referenced in: The world nonwovens industry: ten smaller producers, part 3 of 3, 2013-14 (Technical Textile Markets Issue 96)

PCB:
polychlorinated biphenyl. PCBs are a group of toxic, chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons used in a variety of commercial applications, including paints, inks, adhesives, electrical condensers, batteries, and lubricants. PCBs are known to cause skin diseases and are suspected of causing birth defects and cancer.

Peachskin:
the term used to describe the soft surface of certain textiles which feels like, and has the appearance of, the skin of a peach.
Last referenced in: Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2011/12 (Textile Outlook International Issue 148)

PEN:
polyethylene naphthalate: a high performance thermoplastic polyester. The synthesis of PEN is analogous to that of conventional polyester (polyethylene terephthalate or PET). Its modulus is claimed to be five times that of nylon, 2.5 times t
Last referenced in: Apparel business update, 3rd quarter 2008 (Global Apparel Markets Issue 3)

Permeability:
the ability of a textile to allow air or water vapour to pass through it.
Last referenced in: Technical textile markets: product developments and innovations, 1st quarter 2014 (Technical Textile Markets Issue 96)

Permittivity:
the volumetric flow rate of water per unit of cross-sectional area, per unit head, under laminar flow conditions, in the normal direction through a geotextile.

PET:
polyethylene terephthalate, the most common form of polyester.
Last referenced in: Trade and trade policy: leading clothing suppliers to the EU (Global Apparel Markets Issue 3)

PHA:
polyhydroxyalkanoate.
Last referenced in: Survey of the European Yarn Fairs for Autumn/Winter 2009/10 (Textile Outlook International Issue 136)

Phase-change materials (PCMs):
materials which change their state of matter, usually from solid to a liquid or vice versa. PCMs are often used in textiles which are intended for sport and exercise to help maintain comfort and constant body temperature.
Last referenced in: Global technical textiles business update, 2nd quarter 2012 (Technical Textile Markets Issue 89)

PHB:
polyhydroxybutyrate.
Last referenced in: Developments in medical textiles, 3rd quarter 2013 (Technical Textile Markets Issue 94)

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